nef The New Economics Foundation

Linked with The price of power. See also nef on Nov. 6, 2006.

nef is an independent think-and-do tank that inspires and demonstrates real economic well-being. We aim to improve quality of life by promoting innovative solutions that challenge mainstream thinking on economic, environment and social issues. We work in partnership and put people and the planet first.

We are unique in combining rigorous analysis and policy debate with practical solutions on the ground, often run and designed with the help of local people. We also create new ways of measuring progress towards increased well-being and environmental sustainability.

nef works with all sections of society in the UK and internationally – civil society, government, individuals, businesses and academia – to create more understanding and strategies for change.

Go to this page for all our publications.

nef is a registered charity founded in 1986 by the leaders of The Other Economic Summit (TOES), which forced issues such as international debt onto the agenda of the G7/G8 summit meetings. It has taken a lead in helping establish new coalitions and organisations, such as the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign; the Ethical Trading Initiative; the UK Social Investment Forum; and new ways to measure social and environmental well-being.

The lack of access to reliable and clean energy supplies is a major barrier to improving human well-being around the globe – there are an estimated 1.6 billion people living in the rural areas of developing countries who lack access to electricity – but so is dependence on fossil fuels. Climate-driven ‘natural’ disasters also threaten far worse. Rather than just failing to improve the human condition, we could be about to witness the great reversal of human progress.

Contact: 3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH, tel 020 7820 6300, e-mail.

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